The main problem with news broadcasting in the USA: crass consumerism

Trust me.. I miss the days of real news. I miss the days of sitting down for 30 minutes to an hour watching the news and seeing what is going on in the world instead now, where it is 60 minutes of talking heads and looping B-roll footage in the background. We have gone from a day of information to infotainment, especially on the cable networks. Why does this happen? Because it brings in the ratings. Look at how the networks found their niches. Fox on one side, MSNBC on the other. Why? Because it sells advertising. Since the United States does not have a true public broadcaster like the UK has with the BBC, all news is commercially driven with an incentive to attract specific demographics. Throughout the history of US television, the subject matter on the news was always carefully selected as to not offend the advertisers.

I have been following broadcast media issues at the FCC for nearly 35 years now. I have seen a lot of changes during that time, especially now during the Ajit Pai administration. During this time, the FCC, at the will of Congress has been slowly chipping away at regulations that favor large broadcast conglomerates, while shutting out the general public. Some may say the downward spiral started with the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine. It's also important to remember that the FCC does not regulate the cable networks (such as Fox News, CNN, MNSBC, etc.) nor does the FCC regulate any social media activities by any broadcaster.

Truth in the news starts with us putting our foot down and hitting the big media companies where it hurts... but this would need to be a nationwide effort. Our attitudes in this nation must also change. We need to embrace the fact that we are one of many nations of the world and therefore, those who have interests in the affairs of other parts of the world should not be labeled as "globalists". We must demand more local ownership, control and accountability of our broadcasters. The United States is still the greatest country in the world, despite its faults.

Crass consumerism going back to the 1950s paved the way for how the news is presented today.